Letters to the Editor

Prison overcrowding has been ignored for years

Let me get this straight, MCCC is overcrowded? The County of Maui could have extended the prison but poor planning was to blame. They wanted to move the prison and doing this would cost mega bucks so it was ignored by state and local officials. They could have extended but who’s to say ...

Everybody who is not Hawaiian should leave

When I hear locals say that Mainland transplants should “go back home” I have to laugh. The only people who have a “right” to live here are the full-blooded Native Hawaiians whose ancestors arrived about 2,000 years ago. Not the Chinese, or the Japanese, or the Portuguese, or the ...

‘Amazing accomplishments’ of Trump not listed in letter

I have to agree with the April 11 letter writer that the media hasn’t given our president his due for “a number of amazing accomplishments” which the writer did not mention, so I will. In just two years, he’s made Nixon look not so bad and made Bush II appear almost articulate, quite ...

No simple answer to the problem of tax reform

The April 16 editorial on tax reform claiming “a simple” way to reform the tax code was disappointing. Taxes are a complex issue that cannot possibly be addressed by the simplistic views expressed. In fact, everyone should immediately run from any politician, cleric, talking head or editor ...

Lotto and legalized cannabis could boost state’s treasury

Like many others, I feel the time has arrived to do two things to lighten the tax load and boost the state’s treasury. 1. Pass legislation to kick-start Lotto. 2. Legalize recreational cannabis. It’s one thing to be a trailblazer cutting new wood, but we do not have the luxury of ...

‘The Boys Next Door’ takes viewer along for the ride

Considering the resumes of the cast and the material they had to work with, I expected nothing less than a first-rate performance of “The Boys Next Door.” What I experienced was so much more. In what seemed like a very short two hours, director Ricky Jones takes his characters, and thus ...

Maui Tomorrow supports sustainable agriculture

It’s interesting to be accused of spreading false information when the accuser cites neither the information, nor why they believe it is false. Maui Tomorrow Foundation strives to provide accurate information to the public, with the aim of building support for a better future for Maui. An ...

Address underfunded retirement account first

Did I hear this right? Maui County is underfunded in the retirement account by $25 million? And the County Council wants raises even though they have a base pay of $76,475, and when benefits are added in that number swells to over $123,000 a year salary? Isn’t the prudent method in ...

Pro-Trump letter writers defy reason

Lately there have been several pro-Trump letters that in my view defy reason. The writers clearly don’t care that Trump habitually lies; refuses to release his tax returns; attacks critics and colleagues with vulgar, sophomoric insults; squanders the presidency obsessively tweeting, watching ...

Renewed hero makes the impossible possible!

Ruinous scandal, physical agony and the journey from “hero” to “zero” was completed. Unlike many, Tiger Woods courageously admitted his failings and yielded to that sign on the road — “The best apology is a behavioral change.” His passion for doing what’s right became fast ...

Gracious of Trump to give California illegal immigrants

Giving California illegal immigrants, which is a sanctuary state, is gracious. Gracious to Mexico by giving them back what America took from them. California was once owned by Mexico and its people. Backfired, because every state has Republicans and Democrats. Now anyone not Mexican in ...

Creating Mauitopia is our launch to the moon

Creating Mauitopia is as big and unprecedented a goal as putting a man on the moon was in the 1960s. These are both BHAGs (pronounced BEE hags), or big hairy audacious goals. We accomplished the first goal in a decade. The acronym BHAG was published in the book “Built to Last” by ...

Join the ‘Win With Warren Maui’ group

A small but mighty group of organizers met in Kula on April 13, joining supporters across the country who are working to elect the first woman president of the United States: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Warren’s key policies include addressing the crisis of income inequality by establishing a ...

Providing more parking puts cart before horse

The proposed $75 million parking garage in Wailuku is an interesting one. Based on the principle that “If you build it they will come,” it is a bit skewed. It would be like Kmart expanding their parking lot in response to poor sales. No one could deny that Wailuku is an unpolished gem and ...

Reinstitute art shows under the Banyan Tree

We have been visiting the island for 30 years, always staying in the Kaanapali area. One of the things we have always enjoyed are the art shows under the Banyan Tree. We were extremely disappointed to learn it has been discontinued. We cannot count the numerous works of art we’ve bought ...

Capitalism not working for the average American

First off, the United States is not a theocracy! It has been and always will be secular. Hence the First Amendment prohibiting the government from establishing a state religion. This was the vision of the Founding Fathers, they for the most part were not Christians. Shocked the Founding Fathers ...

GOP doesn’t hold monopoly on accomplishments

To the very uninformed person who says the Democratic Party has morphed into a secular socialist party (Letters, April 12): Complaining of things like food, health care, child care, education are things we care about. Of course, yes. The United States of America you say was founded with the ...

Politicians who promise free things plan to enslave you

In today’s political arena there are many Democratic Party politicos who espouse socialist benefits and values. However, they never tell you that the father of socialism and communism was Karl Marx as outlined in “The Communist Manifesto.” Lenin then took the communist ideals further ...

Third Saturday Recycling program in jeopardy

Nearly four years ago, a model community partnership was formed to host monthly recycling events known as Third Saturday Recycling in West Maui. Since inception in July 2015, Third Saturday Recycling has collected over 500 tons — that’s 1 million pounds — of appliances, electronics, scrap ...

Check the research before making own conclusions

It always amazes me that some people attend lectures just to confirm their beliefs in their core values (Letters, April 9). Here is the problem with that — current science is never the final say in facts. You see, science is always changing when facts that are repeatable are found to be in ...